Originally uploaded by anthony.maietta
This year Canton was my first race of the season. Unfotunately I missed most of the first half of the season with a combination of travel for my day job and building bike in the shop. Its a very hard balance to strike having a full time day job (that takes me away to British Columbia once a month), a part time custom framebuilding business, trying to stay in shape for races and trying to maintain a healthy marraige at home! Canton fell of the schedule well so I decided to suit up. I received our new team skinuits in the mail the previous day and we were all very pumped to wear them. Combine the skinsuits with our matching Lazer helmets and you really feel like a team. The course is on a school grounds with a ton of varying terrain and always changes dramatically throughout the course of the day. During warmups the asphalt nature trail on the back half of the course is always very very (very) slick; especially because the preceeding section is typically very muddy. By the time the Elites go I think it’s pretty dry, but its always the most slick for the riders with the least amount of handling skill! There were a bunch of crash during warmups and I saw Bruce Kampsten in the parking lot with his right knee three times the normal size! The race went as well as I could have hoped for such a lack of training on my part. Our race was only three laps and I finished close to the top half. I’ll be doing Northampton next Sunday and I am super excited to see and old friend Aaron Meburg on the prereg list. See you there.